SchoolArts Magazine

February 2015

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schoolartsonline.com 29 resenting the world. On the tabletop they were to draw a scene that repre - sented one specific world problem, as well as objects that symbolize possible solutions. Basic drawing skills were emphasized, including working from the general to the specific, perspective, shading, etc. Compositional challenges included working with a focal point, using repetition effectively, awareness of visual movement, and unity. This project allowed students to practice drawing and composition skills in the context of creating mean - ing. The ambiguity of some of their drawings honored the complexity of the issues they were dealing with and the very personal way some students approached the project. While think - ing about issues that affect humanity at large, they could address some of their deepest fears in a meaningful and hopeful way. Carol Horst is an art teacher at Tehachapi High School in Tehachapi, California. carolhrst@ gmail.com N A T I O N A L S T A N D A R D Connecting: Relating artistic ideas and work with personal meaning and external context. W E B L I N K S www.ted.com/talks/jr_ s_ted_prize_ wish_use_art_to_turn_the_world_ inside_out.html www.chrisjordan.com/gallery/ rtn/#unsinkable Clockwise from top left: Morgan Welch, Andy Budai. Serenah Starr, Samantha Fenderson, Amelia Harrison.

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